Horrifying Glimpse at Police Violence in Bahrain

February 15, 2011

The above video is a glimpse into the current state of violence in Bahrain. Earlier today, riot police opened fire and killed a second person in two days of protests calling for political reform in the tiny Gulf state. The violence came without warning, as a procession of thousands of mourners chanted slogans criticizing the government and calling for a new constitution and a democratically elected government.

The Bahrain authorities must thoroughly investigate what occurred, stand down the police involved in these shootings and make clear to the police that the use of excessive force will not be tolerated.

Monday’s “Day of Rage” protests in Bahrain, organized on Facebook and Twitter and apparently inspired by unrest in Egypt and Tunisia, took place mainly in Shia villages around Manama.